Though Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons has two seniors committed to Division I programs in Tim Burton and Denzel Wimberly, it was another player that immediately jumped out in their 42-8 win over Hollywood McArthur this past weekend.
Erick Hallmon is a junior linebacker that seemed to all over the field for the Chiefs. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound class of 2012 prospect tallied close to double-digit tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble while playing less than three quarters of action. Colleges seem well aware of the South Florida standout.
"I've been getting a lot of letters and stuff like that," Hallmon said. "I haven't really been calling the coaches or anything. I've been focusing on this season.
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"Lately, Wake Forest has been sending me a lot of stuff. I've gotten some from Louisville and Duke. Miami was sending me a lot of stuff. Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Northwestern and a few other schools have sent a lot as well. Northwestern just sent for my transcript from my school, actually."
Hallmon is very familiar with the local school, the University of Miami, as his father Jack played there from 1992 to 1996. However, the younger Hallmon says it is too early to name the Canes, or any other team, as his favorite.
"I grew up liking Miami because my dad played there," he said. "I haven't really picked a favorite school. I'm just trying to wait and see what type of schools offer, education-wise. I really want to major in business so I want a school with a good business program.
"I've been to a bunch of Miami games. They gave me tickets to all their home games last year. Other than that, I really haven't been to any schools. I've talked to coach (Jeff) Stoutland before at Miami but I haven't talked to him too much lately."
Hallmon missed spring ball with an injury but colleges still made sure to check in on him while watching Burton and Wimberley.
"My coaches said that when [college coaches] came out there last year, they knew who I was," he said. "I saw a lot of them on them watching. My coach hasn't given me too many updates yet. He's more focused on the season, too. I'm planning on talking to him some more about it next week, though.
"I didn't get to go through spring ball. I had surgery on my shoulder. I wasn't cleared until a few days after the spring game. I had a torn labrum and I played with it a lot of last season. I'd have a really good game and then it would act up. It was frustrating. I'm good now and it feels good. I think some schools want to see me in a few games this year when I'm healthy before deciding anything."
As a junior, this is actually the third year on varsity already for the defensive standout. However, he is making the transition to a slightly new position.
"I played middle linebacker on varsity my freshman year," Hallmon said. "It hasn't been too big of an adjustment because I played outside growing up. The only thing I really had to adjust to was the coverage schemes. I wasn't really used to being in coverage. I'm doing good and getting better but there's still some things I need to work on."